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Pursuant to Title 25-A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
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Health Regulation and Licensing Administration    Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division    899 North Capitol Street, NE   Washington, DC 20002
http://doh.dc.gov/service/food-safety      email: food.safety@dc.gov
Establishment Name  AVENUE CAFÉ AND LOUNGE
Address  1501 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20005
Telephone
 (202) 483-2000
 E-mail address  marshallw@inndc.com
Date of Inspection
 03
/
 04
/
 2019
    Time In
 02
:
 07
PM     Time Out
 04
:
 05
PM  
License Holder  RI Associates LLC
License/Customer No.  05107xxxx-50007022
License Period
 05 
/
 01 
/
 2018 
 - 
 04 
/
 30 
/
 2020 
 Type of Inspection
 Routine
Establishment Type:  Hotel
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  2 COS  0 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  2 COS  0 R  0
Core Violations  4 COS  3 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
 MARSHALL WICKRMARATNE 
CFPM #:  FS-84035 

CFPM Expiration Date:   11/15/2021  
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Waste Management 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Valley Proteins 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 Orkin (2/21/2019) 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 Safety First Services 
FOODBORNE ILLNESS RISK FACTORS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
  Compliance Status COS R
  Supervision  
IN OUT 1. Person in charge present, demonstrates knowledge, and performs duties
 
 
IN OUT 2. Certified Food Protection Manager
 
 
  Employee Health  
IN OUT 3. Management, food employee, and conditional employee; knowledge, responsibilities, and reporting
 
 
IN OUT 4. Proper use of restriction and exclusion
 
 
IN OUT 5. Procedures for responding to vomiting and diarrheal events
 
 
  Good Hygienic Practices  
IN OUT N/O 6. Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use
 
 
IN OUT N/O 7. No discharge from eyes, nose, and mouth
 
 
  Control of Hands as a Vehicle of Contamination  
IN OUT N/O 8. Hands clean and properly washed
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 9. No bare hand contact with RTE foods or a pre-approved alternate procedure properly allowed
 
 
IN OUT 10. Adequate handwashing sinks properly supplied and accessible
 
 
  Approved Source  
IN OUT 11. Food obtained from approved source
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 12. Food received at proper temperature
 
 
IN OUT 13. Food in good condition, safe, and unadulterated
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 14. Required records available: shellstock tags, parasite destruction
 
 
  Protection from Contamination  
IN OUT N/A 15. Food separated and protected
 
 
IN OUT N/A 16. Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized
 
 
IN OUT 17. Proper disposition of returned, previously served, reconditioned, and unsafe food
 
 
  Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food)  
IN OUT N/A N/O 18. Proper cooking time and temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 19. Proper reheating procedures for hot holding
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 20. Proper cooling time and temperature
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 21. Proper hot holding temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A 22. Proper cold holding temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 23. Proper date marking and disposition
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 24. Time as a public health control: procedures and records
 
 
  Consumer Advisory  
IN OUT N/A 25. Consumer advisory provided for raw or undercooked foods
 
 
  Highly Susceptible Populations  
IN OUT N/A 26. Pasteurized foods used; prohibited foods not offered
 
 
  Chemical  
IN OUT N/A 27. Food additives: approved and properly used
 
 
IN OUT N/A 28. Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used
 
 
  Conformance with Approved Procedures  
IN OUT N/A 29. Compliance with variance, specialized process, and HACCP plan
 
 
 
GOOD RETAIL PRACTICES
  Compliance Status COS R
  Safe Food and Water  
IN OUT N/A 30. Pasteurized eggs used where required
 
 
IN OUT 31. Water and ice from approved source
 
 
IN OUT N/A 32. Variance obtained for specialized processing methods
 
 
  Food Temperature Control  
IN OUT 33. Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 34. Plant food properly cooked for hot holding
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 35. Approved thawing methods used
 
 
IN OUT 36. Thermometers provided and accurate
 
 
  Food Identification  
IN OUT 37. Food properly labeled; original container
 
 
  Prevention of Food Contamination  
IN OUT 38. Insects, rodents, and animals not present
 
 
IN OUT 39. Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage, and display
 
 
IN OUT N/A 40. Personal cleanliness
 
 
IN OUT 41. Wiping cloths: properly used and stored
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 42. Washing fruits and vegetables
 
 
  Proper Use of Utensils  
IN OUT 43. In-use utensils: properly stored
 
 
IN OUT 44. Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried, and handled
 
 
IN OUT 45. Single-use/single-service articles: properly stored and used
 
 
IN OUT N/A 46. Gloves used properly
 
 
  Utensils, Equipment, and Vending  
IN OUT 47. Food and nonfood-contact surfaces cleanable, properly designed, constructed, and used
 
 
IN OUT 48. Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained, and used; test strips
 
 
IN OUT 49. Nonfood-contact surfaces clean
 
 
  Physical Facilities  
IN OUT 50. Hot and cold water available; adequate pressure
 
 
IN OUT 51. Plumbing installed; proper backflow devices
 
 
IN OUT 52. Sewage and waste water properly disposed
 
 
IN OUT 53. Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied, and cleaned
 
 
IN OUT 54. Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained
 
 
IN OUT 55. Physical facilities installed, maintained, and clean
 
 
IN OUT 56. Adequate ventilation and lighting; designated areas used
 
 
IN = in compliance OUT = not in compliance N/O = not observed
N/A = not applicable COS = corrected on-site R = repeat violation
Establishment Name  AVENUE CAFÉ AND LOUNGE    Establishment Address  1501 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
16. - The concentration of the chlorine-based sanitizing solution at the dish wash machine is not in compliance.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  1813.2 A chlorine solution shall have a minimum temperature based on the concentration and pH of the solution as listed in the following chart: P CONCENTRATION RANGE = 25 mg/L - 49 mg/L (if pH 10 or less, minimum temperature = 49 degrees C (120 degrees F); if pH 8 or less, minimum temperature = 49 degrees C (120 degrees F)]; CONCENTRATION RANGE = 50 mg/L - 49 mg/L (if pH 10 or less, minimum temperature = 38 degrees C (100 degrees F); if pH 8 or less, minimum temperature = 24 degrees C (75 degrees F)]; MINUMUM CONCENTRATION = 100 mg/L (if pH 10 or less, minimum temperature = 13 degrees C (55 degrees F); if pH 8 or less, minimum temperature = 13 degrees C (55 degrees F)].  
37. - Working containers of foods (Salt with pepper) are not name labeled. (Labeled at call to correct this) (Corrected On Site)  803.1 Working containers holding food or food ingredients that are removed from their original packages for use in the food establishment, such as cooking oils, flour, herbs, potato flakes, salt, spices, and sugar shall be identified with the common name of the food, except that containers holding food that can be readily and unmistakably recognized, such as dry pasta, need not be identified.  
41. - Wet wiping cloths used to wipe chopping board and knifes are not stored in sanitizer buckets when not in use. (The said items placed in a new sanitizer buckets) (Corrected On Site)  812.2 Cloths that are in-use for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces shall be: (a) Held between uses in a chemical sanitizer solution at a concentration specified in Section 1813; and (b) Laundered daily as specified in Section 2101.4.  
43. - Forks, knifes and spatulas placed inside a stagnant water with a water temperature of 76 degrees F. (The said items placed in a hot water container) (Corrected On Site)  810.1 During pauses in food preparation or dispensing, food preparation and dispensing utensils shall be stored: (a) Except as specified in Section 810.1(b), in the food with their handles above the top of the food and the container; (b) In food that is not potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety food) with their handles above the top of the food within containers or equipment that can be closed, such as bins of sugar, flour, or cinnamon; (c) On a clean portion of the food preparation table or cooking equipment only if the in-use utensil and the food contact surface of the food preparation table or cooking equipment are cleaned and sanitized at a frequency specified in Sections 1901 and 2001; (d) In running water of sufficient velocity to flush particulates to the drain, if used with moist food such as ice cream or mashed potatoes; (e) In a clean, protected location if the utensils, such as ice scoops, are used only with a food that is not potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety food); or (f) In a container of water if the water is maintained at a temperature of at least fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F)) and the container is cleaned at a frequency specified in Section 1901.3.  
48. - There are no chemical test strips available to measure the concentration of the sanitizing solution.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  1608.1 A test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in micrograms per liter (mg/L) of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Pf  
48. - The maximum Hot water Final rinse temperature observed at the final rinse gauge were 110 degrees F.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  1809.2 The temperature of the wash solution in spray-type warewashers that use chemicals to sanitize shall not be less than forty-nine degrees Celsius (49 degrees C) (one hundred twenty degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees F)). Pf  
49. - Observed dust at the walk-in refrigerator fan. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  1900.3 Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment shall be kept free of an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and other debris.  
52. - There is no air gap above the floor drain beneath the 3-compartment sink.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  2602.1 Except as specified in Sections 2602.2 through 2602.4, a direct connection shall not exist between the sewage system and a drain originating from equipment in which food, portable equipment, or utensils are placed. P  
 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Hot Water (Handwashing sink - coffee station) 113.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Cook Line) 109.0F Hot Water (3-compartment sink) 120.0F Burger (Grill) (Cooking) 189.0F
Broth (Hot Holding Unit) (Hot Holding) 187.0F Rice (Hot Holding Unit) (Hot Holding) 161.0F Sauce (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Peppers (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F
Onion Rings (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Sliced Tomatoes (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Chicken (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Beef Patties (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F
Sauce (Ice) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Onion Rings (Ice) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Diced Tomatoes (Ice) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Chili sauce (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F
Cheese (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Soup (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Onion Rings (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Sliced Ham (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F
Beef (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Sliced Turkey (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Chicken (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Steak raw (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F
(Walk-in Refrigerator) 35.0F (Reach-in Refrigerator) 40.0F (Reach-in Refrigerator) 38.0F (Reach-in Refrigerator) 40.0F
Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Dishwash area) 110.0F Hot Water (Dishwashing Machine - Final Rinse Cycle) 110.0F        
Inspector Comments:
Correct cited violations within 5 and 14 calendar-days.

Please submit all questions/inquiries to the Area Supervisor at food.safety@dc.gov for an efficient response.
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